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Mountain View proposing high tech parking signs, why can't Palo Alto

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 23, 2014

In all the discussions about parking, nothing is ever mentioned in Palo Alto about getting some high tech innovations to help people find the available parking.

Here is an article in the Mountain View Voice about their ideas. Palo Alto should be doing the same thing. Web Link

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Posted by Generally Speaking
a resident of Barron Park
on May 24, 2014 at 5:57 am

I believe it is because generally, MV gets things done compared to PA, that's why the shift is continuing.


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Posted by Haven't you heard
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 24, 2014 at 6:59 am

Rumor is PA hired a consultant to find a consultant to do a poll to determine if we should hire a consultant o do a study about paring needs. As soon as office space is available in the new library, they will get right on it.


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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on May 24, 2014 at 8:29 am

City Management & the City Council talks a lot about how parking is a high priority issue, but they spent the money on a Chief PR Hack, a Chief Green Czar, an "Arts" program Manager, study for this, study for that, consultant for this, consultant for that.

In essence, whenever the City Council & City Management say something is "high priority", it most likely is NOT something they want to address; they say things to hopefully mollify the citizens until the next election.

Look at the costs quoted in the Mountain View Voice article, and all the garages in Palo Alto could have been budgeted for with plenty of money left over from the budget surplus.

Don't vote for any incumbent this year for city council; vote for new people who hold the city management's feet to the fire on solving problems.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I agree, we don't need any type of study or expert, just action.

I was in Europe recently. Parking was not cheap but often available for free validation if a certain amount was spent in a local store, or for those who parked daily, etc. etc. What impressed me most was the sensors on each parking spot. A light above each spot showed red/green from an embedded sensor that recognized when a spot was taken. Looking for an empty spot from a distance was easy because a green light could be seen from almost anywhere on that level. At the ramps, a display showing all the spots with either red or green (or blue for disabled parking and yellow for parent parking) to show whether you used this level or continued up the ramp to the next level.

We are so behind the times in Silicon Valley it is incredible and Palo Alto must be the worst. I wouldn't mind paying for parking in downtown if I knew where I could find somewhere to park without having to drive around looking for it. I don't see why we don't have pay per hour machines at all lots and garages and parking meters for street parking. There are high tech ways to pay for street parking which don't need a meter at each spot, if it is the ugly look of them that people don't like.

Parking rates don't have to be expensive - Redwood City parking costs loose change. We just have to make it work.


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Posted by Seems to me
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 24, 2014 at 9:48 pm

America seems to be about 10-20 behind Europe anymore. This is embarrassing, It seems we began to lose our edge in the late 70's. And it may be too late to ever recover.

It is similarly shameful that Palo Alto is always the last onto a trend in the Bay Area, what with being the self-proclaimed " heart of Silicon Valley" ( which was actually Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Mtn View).


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Posted by charlie
a resident of Community Center
on May 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm

I went to Mountain View Public Library the other day.. I am speechless when ..... Yes just one library and you can't miss it!


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